What is a mystic? Ohio Conference Cast hosts Bill Seymour and Thomas Dunn explore this question and more with Christiana Peterson, a member of Midway Mennonite Church and the author of the new Herald Press book titled Mystics and Misfits: Meeting God Through St. Francis and Other Unlikely Saints.  

“Being a mystic in my definition is … longing for a deep encounter with God,” says Christiana. During the podcast, she talks with Bill and Thomas about the book, which deals with her family’s experience at Plow Creek, a Mennonite intentional community and farm in Illinois. She describes the book as part memoir, part saint biography, and part letters to the mystics, such as St. Francis.

Listen to this episode to find out whether reading Wendell Berry books and communal farming really go together. You’ll also hear Christiana talk about what happened to the Plow Creek community and hear her thoughts about living a life of simplicity.

Mystics and Misfits is available from MennoMedia and Amazon. To learn more about Christiana Peterson, see her website:  Christiananpeterson.com.